Bernama, Malaysia’s National News Agency has reported that the Automated entry system at KLIA will be extended to foreigners from September 2022. This means that certain foreigners will be allowed to use the autogate system currently only available to Malaysian passport holders. The agency was quoting Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Khairul Dzaimee Daud, who made the announcement at an engagement session between the Immigration Department and travel agencies at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on 8th August.
Who can use the autogate?
The Immigration D-G said the system which among others, is to improve the management efficiency of foreigners entering Malaysia, can only be used depending on the type of passport held by foreigners. He explained that only passports with chips and that comply with the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) conditions can be used at the autogates.
If you’ve ever been stuck in any of the long queues that tend to occur as peak times, you’ll be checking your passport already. Even if you have been able to use the counter service for Malaysian citizens, this is not always available and the ability to use the autogate system will be very welcome.
Although the statement only referred to the automated entry system (autogate) at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) being extended to foreigners, the system is in use at all International Airports in the country. Those covered by the new availability include:
- those who work and study in Malaysia
- individuals married to locals
- participants in Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme
Khairul Dzaimee said the engagement session was held to create strategic cooperation between stakeholders related to tourism so that they understood immigration inspection matters.
We have sought more information about the procedures and airports which will offer the facility. These will be updated as and when they are received. You can contact the Malaysian Immigration Department through their website, on Twitter, or their Facebook page.